Risk-taking and impulsive behaviors: A comparative assessment of three tasks

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Sihua Xu
Marc Korczykowski
Senhua Zhu
Hengyi Rao
Cite this article:  Xu, S., Korczykowski, M., Zhu, S., & Rao, H. (2013). Risk-taking and impulsive behaviors: A comparative assessment of three tasks. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 41(3), 477-486.


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We examined the reliability of, and relationships among, the Balloon Analogue Risk Task (BART), the Delay Discounting Task (DDT), and the Iowa Gambling Task (IGT), with a group of healthy Chinese young adults. The BART and the DDT showed moderate to high test-retest reliability across 3 test sessions conducted at 2-weekly intervals. However, the IGT showed low reliability for session 1 but high reliability for sessions 2 and 3. Between tasks, there were significant correlations only for the BART and the IGT and only for session 2 and session 3. These findings support the view that impulsivity is a complex construct with no single personality trait underlying the disposition for impulsive behaviors.

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